HOUSTON – If there’s one thing that has been consistent for Oklahoma this season, it has been the offense. But if the Sooners are going to make an impact in Big 12 conference play, the defense is going to have to step it up a notch.
OU did that Saturday in the final game of the Big 12-SEC challenge as OU stymied Texas A&M all night in a 64-52 victory at the Toyota Center in the Sooners final game before the Christmas break.
OU’s defense did some of the job, but OU coach Lon Kruger was quick to point out the Aggies also didn’t play their best. OU took advantage by sticking with a 1-3-1 zone.
“They weren’t shooting the ball with confidence,” Kruger said. “They weren’t shooting it like they can. We didn’t plan on playing that much zone coming in, but as it turned out, we ended up playing a lot more zone than man.”
OU led 23-14 at halftime and led by as many as 19 points in the second half before cruising to its seventh victory in a row.
The Sooners offense struggled but found a way to score, paced by freshman Jordan Woodard with 20 points. OU also dominated on the glass with a 50-39 advantage. Forward Ryan Spangler had 13 rebounds, while Tyler Neal added 10 rebounds and eight points off the bench.
A&M shot a miserable 27 percent from the floor, going 18 of 67 and was only 2 of 23 on 3-point field goal attempts.